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The European Union Wants to Ban All Porn Next Week

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First Iceland, now Europe?

Next week the European Parliament is set to vote on a report titled Eliminating Gender Stereotypes in the EU. Sounds pretty noble, right? Well Rick Falkvinge read the fine print and declared the report a "horrendous attack on our fundamental freedoms of speech and expression."

Why? Because a provision in the report calls for "a ban on all forms of pornography in the media and on the advertising of sex tourism." It also calls for Internet service providers to police supposedly adult content across their networks in language vague enough to be construed as including flirty text messages and emails.

You would think, given Europe's current travails, that waging a war against porn would be a lower-order priority, but apparently not.

(AP Photo)